Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to common questions about Georgia State’s Summer Sessions.


  • Complete the online application for your chosen track.
  • Pay the non-refundable $100 deposit within 15 days of being accepted.
  • Pay the program fee.

The program fee includes each of the following:

  • Seminars
  • On-campus Housing (14 nights) – You may purchase additional nights for early arrivals up to 3-4 days.
  • Flexible meal plan
  • Transportation and excursions:
    • “Breeze Card” for local transportation
    • Transportation to/from the airport (for cohorts only)
  • Admission to Atlanta attractions, which may include:
    • World of Coca-Cola
    • Georgia Aquarium
    • High Museum of Art
    • Zoo Atlanta
  • Florida trip

Please Note:

  • $100 refundable housing security deposit is in addition to the program fee.
  • Airfare and visa fees are not included.

Important deadlines to be aware of:

  • April 15, 2023: Application Deadline
  • May 15, 2023: Full Payment Deadline
  • 15 days after being accepted to Summer Sessions, all participants must pay a non-refundable $100 deposit, which will be applied to the total cost of the program. The deposit is refundable only if participants secure a visa appointment in a timely manner but cannot obtain a visa or if the program is canceled.

Here is our refund schedule:

  • Before June 1st: Full refund of any money you have paid (MINUS a $100 nonrefundable fee).
  • No refunds will be issued after June 1st.
  • If the program is canceled or a participant secures a visa appointment in a timely manner but cannot obtain a visa, then a full refund will be issued.

Health insurance is not required for B visas; however, insurance or at least travel medical insurance, is highly recommended since a medical situation can occur at any time.

Arrangements will be made to pick up and drop off students arriving in cohorts. Individuals can take Uber, Lyft and use MARTA (local transportation to get to housing). More information will be provided closer to your arrival.

Before or after the program dates (July 20 - August 3), you are welcome to travel on your own. Atlanta's airport is a Delta hub, with flights to major cities like Miami, New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles. Please know that if you choose to stay in Atlanta before the program begins or after the program ends, you will have to find your own accommodation, as on-campus housing will not be available after August 3. Should you need assistance with booking airline or bus tickets to other cities, or help with purchasing tickets to other attractions, please let us know. We're happy to help you!

Sure! Please contact the Office of International Initiatives at [email protected] to inquire about contacting previous students.

Georgia State University has many opportunities for students to obtain their graduate degree. During the Summer Institute, a graduate information session is held. If you are interested in learning more about GSU’s graduate programs, please contact us for more information or click here for the university’s graduate information page.

  • Your passport
  • Copy of travel insurance
  • Credit cards that you plan to use while in the U.S.
  • Small gifts or tokens of appreciation for your new Georgia State friends
  • An extra suitcase, in case you want to shop a lot. But please take a
    look into the luggage policy of your airline. You can also buy one
    here from the outlet mall.
  • Lightweight shirts, pants, dress or shorts (the weather is hot and
  • Lightweight jacket (it could be cold indoors.)
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Umbrella
  • Camera and memory card
  • Chargers for your electronics (phone, laptop)
  • Adaptor (the USA uses 110 volts)
  • Toiletries (small size, it is very convenient to buy them here)
  • Laptop, iPad
  • A notebook, 1 or 2 folders
  • Pencils, pens, highlighters
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Medicine or prescriptions that you normally take
  • Additional medicine you prefer in case of headache, diarrhea,
    cramps, etc…
  • Local snacks or treats from home that might taste good when
    you’re feeling homesick (still, you need to double-check your
    luggage policy since some food may not be allowed.)

Click here to print this packing list.